The club was once again “on parade” at Stafford for the Spring Classic Show, or the International Classic as it now likes to style itself. located in side hall 2 – a spot we have occupied since being moved out of our previous home to make way for Bonhams Auctions – on a spot that despite telling the organizers how many machines we were bringing was just a little bit on the cramped side.
Nonetheless we managed to get them all on by virtue of being able to put two of the bikes up on high level wheel stands.
Of the show itself there was the usual array of club stands, show bikes, a separate “Dirt Bike” hall for off road machines, a paddock area for firing up race bikes and the trade show/jumble. Talking of the latter, trade show rather than jumble seems to be coming the norm, no end of stalls selling pattern parts, cheap tools and the like. Plus a few whose connection to motorcycling might be said to be tenuous at best.
Also there was the auction to look at, so many machines in fact that the sale ran over two days with machines ranging from the “dog rough” to the ready to go, some eye watering prices for some, £264.700.00 for a SS 100 anyone?
However everyone seemed to enjoy their day, some even managed to find the odd “treasure” in fact one member actually bought a complete bike!
On a more happy note, congratulations to Alex Taylor who won “ Most Original Machine” with his Royal Enfield model G, well done.
A total of nine machines were on display:
1939 BSA M24
1958 Matchless G12
1914 Wall Auto-Wheel
1960 Ariel Leader
1950 Imme R100 (guest machine)
1912 JAP Special
1949 Royal Enfield “G”
1973 Rickman Enfield.
Report by John Lay
A meeting of the club runs committee has come up with the following:
Saturday 19th May 2018 Ride the County (Air Ambulance charity run) run captain Mark H.
Sunday 17th June Cogges museum (Local charity event) run captain Adrian L. Please note some of the club members are attending the Banbury Run on the same day.
Sunday 5th August The Red Lion, Evenly (Bill Lacey memorial run) run captain Hugh B.
Sunday 9th September Toddington Railway Centre (classic vehicle day) run captain Rod S.
Sunday 30th September Sands and Motorcycles (Motorcycle event) run captain Bob H.
1. Any more than 6 bikes and we employ the drop off system
2. Destination address / map and run captains phone No. to be issued before the run.
3. Bikes to arrive at the start point (Red Lion, Cassington) with enough fuel for the run (where possible).
On Monday the Club provided what turned out to be a very interesting and entertaining evening with Norman Hyde, a man with a life long involvement in motorcycles from development engineer to world record holder and on to running his own performance parts business.
A number of members are planning on doing the 2018 Ride the County in aid of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance on Saturday 19th May.Last time we did it on modern bikes but obviously it doesn’t matter
Ken Drinkwater reports the entry forms have arrived for the Banbury Steam Fair at Bloxham. Anyone wishing to attend, please see him at club nights for an entry form; forms to be completed by the end of March and returned to him so that he can get them posted off in time.
On February 3rd 2018, a total of 42 BMRCO members/wives/partners enjoyed our annual Winter Meal, this time at a new venue – The Plough in Wolvercote, Oxford. These evenings are a good opportunity for members (and their other halves) to get together socially.